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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elvis Forever

The Postal Service will debut a new Elvis stamp during Elvis Week at Graceland. The design has not been announced, but since they no longer put a price on the first-class stamps, this one will say Elvis Forever.

Or should.

The design was not released.

Meanwhile, Elvis also will be inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Why he was not an original inductee in 2010 is beyond me. I have updated my Exceptional Americans profile of the King to reflect the induction.

Others to be inducted with Elvis are The Bar-Kays, Al Bell, Willie Clayton, Millie Jackson, Dorothy Moore, Sam Moore, Little Richard, Bobby Rush, Stax Records, The Mad Lads, Ike Turner, Muddy Waters and WDIA in Memphis.

As for the Elvis stamp:
Postmaster General Megan Brennan recently announced that Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the Postal Service's Music Icon Series.
The stamp image will be previewed at a later date.
"Elvis is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series," Brennan said. "His life and talents are an incredible story. Spanning from his humble beginnings in a Tupelo, Mississippi, two-room house to becoming one of the most legendary performance artists of the 20th century, Elvis Presley's works continues to resonate with millions the world over."
The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony will take place on Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year's Elvis Week celebration. The public is encouraged to tweet using #ElvisForever.
Launched in 2013, the Music Icons series consists of beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries.
The first inductees included Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Last year's inductees were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
Older I get, the more I realize and appreciate what he did.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know Lydia. When will Satchmo get there?